“I’ve worked with art and design in some capacity for all of my professional life but have never had a formal art education. I feel my skills are lacking so I’ve been trying to push myself to improve and be able to express myself more accurately.
This exercise was a good challenge that helped me accurately depict a human face more easily. I can be found drawing or sketching everything around me anywhere I go, so this dare was a great way to laser focus my attention on one subject at a time. Starting with the basic oval, square, and action lines, I lay out the major features and make sure that the math is correct. Then I move onto blocking in the lights and shadows, followed by smaller details. At the end its time to step back, and do a final check, since each piece was only 10ish minutes.”
“A drawing marathon is perfect to keep me practicing on a daily basis, as this is the only way to improve anatomy drawings. I used reference photos for most of the drawings. However, for the hands drawings, whenever possible, I imitated the gesture with my non-dominant hand and drew from direct observation.
For the limb studies, I tried to feel which muscle was in tension and which one was at rest, and that those limbs connect to a torso. For my portrait drawings, I searched for bony landmarks. I really had fun drawing skulls and imaginary features on top of these skulls, using tracing paper! I also sketched a small self-portrait.
I used the ballpoint pen, just to get me out of my comfort zone and learn that if I need room for “wrong” lines that cannot be erased, I should allow for one, by means of mark-making.”
graphite, watercolors, charcoal, chalk, markers
23″ x 17″
“There are lots of people around us, we know them, talk to them, but did we really know what they are going through? Or at least what they have experienced? We know their stories, but still we can’t see through what people want to show us and what they actually are.
I can easily notice ‘bad’ things that people do, and by this piece I reminded myself that yes, sometimes people are cruel, but every single act covers something bigger, I have to just try to see things from another angle.”
8.27″ × 11.69″
“The piece is about challenging yourself to pay attention to human anatomy by drawing hands/arms, feet/legs, and heads in a limited amount of time. The challenge proved to be tiring, but the exercise exposed the areas where I can improve on.
In order to have some diversity, I tried to draw people who are of different sexes, ages, and races. Some of the head references are my favorite faces of pop culture. Some are people I know. For the limbs, hands, and feet, the references I chose mostly show various positions or movements that I have not tried drawing before.”
“While I had practiced drawing anatomy before, they were often drawn from photographs and with graphite. With the April Art Dare, I wanted to challenge myself to draw from life more and play with color.
At the same time, my teacher had a set of Tombow Dual Brush Pens in the Bright Palette that I had never used. I decided to try them out and draw my classmates from life. Normally, I would never use such bold and saturated colors, but the markers forced me to find ways to illustrate people with neutral skin tones and hair colors using bright rainbow colors.
Drawing these portraits from life instead of from photographs also forced me to focus on the bigger picture instead of getting caught up in rendering smaller details.”
pen and colored pencils
8″ x 11″
“My artwork that involves my classmates is a way for me to remember them and immortalize them in a way as well as help improve my observational drawings. I use pen to draw so I don’t get stuck on one thing because it doesn’t look perfect enough.”
“As a child, I would always look out the car window and observe the world around me. I would watch every individual that walked by, and wonder where life was taking them that day. Their faces were the window through which I got my first glimpses into their lives.
As a result, I grew more and more fascinated by the structure and features of the human face. When I found out about this art dare, I knew it was the perfect opportunity for me to finally delve deep into studying the human face. Although time was very limited and I still have a lot of space for improvement, I believe that this challenge has really helped me grow in my art.
The first page of my submission features my original inspirations, the faces of celebrities and online figures whom I look up to and admire. As I drew more and more faces, I tried studying and drawing them from different angles, and having my work represent the great diversity I am lucky to be exposed to here in America. I am very grateful for the way I was able to grow through this challenge, and the story I was able to tell.”
graphite and watercolor pencils
9″ x 12″
“I typically don’t draw people but decided to give it a try with the April Art dare. I first started with the heads and decided to draw them as character studies.
I also started the hands and feet as character studies, but then tried using references of hands and feet and discovered I liked drawing them. Throughout my drawing process I tried to keep the sketch loose but also tried to convey the volume of the hand or foot.”
pencil on paper
8.5″ x 11″
“As most people do, I have a lot of trouble with hands. This Art Dare was the perfect excuse for me to sit down, stare at my hand, and draw. Now, I am much more comfortable with hands and their shapes.”
Hebron 9th Grade Center
“For this project, I discussed what Art Prof was about and showed examples of some of the Art Dares of the past. I used the website to give the contest rules and showed the examples that were done for the Art Dare. After that, I asked questions about how the students could go beyond ‘just drawing a head’ and making the pieces their own.
Some went all out and really transformed the project into their own, while some played it safe. They were all involved in critical choices being made as to who and they presented and I think the contest was even ‘exciting’ to some as it was a departure from some of our normal assignments.”
1 prize winner will a pack of art supplies includes a set of Faber-Castell 8 black Pitt Artist pens, a Faber-Castell Clic & Go foldable water pot, Faber-Castell set of 6 Pitt Artist pens in shades of grey, a set of Faber-Castell 4 sepia Pitt Artist Pens, a Faber-Castell Water brush, a pack of resin clay from Clay House Art, a 5″ x 7″ gel printing plate from GelliArts, a Global Art Pencil Roll Up case for 36 pencils, a Speedball Ultimate Fabric Block Printing Kit.
1 Honorable mention will win a hard bound art journal from Strathmore